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Patricia Maclachlan

Associate Professor Ph.D., Columbia University

Patricia Maclachlan



Patricia Maclachlan, who arrived at UT in 1997, is now Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies.  She received her Ph.D in political science and Japan studies in 1996 from Columbia University and spent one year as a research associate in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University. Her research interests include consumer politics and culture in advanced industrial democracies, with a focus on Japan.

Professor Maclachlan is the author of The People’s Post Office: The History and Politics of the Japanese Postal System: 1871-2010 (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011)andConsumer Politics in Postwar Japan: The Institutional Boundaries of Citizen Advocacy (NY: Columbia University Press, 2002). She is a co-editor of and contributing author to The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006), and has written several articles and book chapters on consumer-related issues in Japan and the West, Japanese civil society, and Japanese postal politics.

Courses taught: Politics in Japan; Japanese Foreign Policy; International Relations of East and Southeast Asia; Political Economy of Asia; Civil Society in East Asia (graduate seminar); East Asian Political Economies (graduate seminar).


Interest group behavior in Japan; Japanese postal politics and reform; consumerism in advanced industrial democracies; comparative political institutions.
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